Young or old, lots of people could benefit from eating healthier, particularly after a festive period of indulgence. It can sometimes be difficult to get started, as well as knowing what you should or shouldn’t be eating. There are lots of fad diets out there that might not necessarily be right for you, here are some simple tips to eating healthier.
Reducing sugar might be a no-brainer for those looking to watch what they eat, but high sugars can sometimes be found in unexpected places. Whilst tinned foods are long lasting and low cost, they can often be big culprits for sugar. Pasta sauces and ready meals can also contain high levels of sugar. Using herbs and spices to flavour your food and making sauces from scratch can be a great way to avoid sugar without sacrificing taste.
As we age, our digestive system may not work as well as it used to. Including more fibre in your diet is important to aid proper digestion and stay healthy. Some great goods to add fibre to your diet are; Wholegrain breakfast cereals, wholewheat pasta, wholegrain bread and oats, barley and rye, potatoes with skins, peas, beans, pulses, berries, pears, broccoli, nuts and seeds.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
As the most import meal of the day, it’s important to start off your day with a good breakfast. There are lots of different ways to go with your breakfast but the simplest way to keep the meal nutritious is a low-sugar, high fibre cereal with chopped fruit on top.
Eat More Fish
Fish is a tasty way to include omega-3 fats, which may help to prevent heart disease. The NHS reccomend trying to include at least two portions of fish per week, including one portion of oily fish. Oily fish includes salmon, mackerel, pilchards, sardines, herring and trout. Non-oily fish includes haddock, plaice, coley, tuna, cod, skate and hake.
Find out more about what you should cut out and what to eat more of with the NHS Eatwell Guide.